Photonic and Electromagnetic Crystal Structures (PECS) VII
Welcome to the PECS-VII home page! PECS-VII will be held in Monterey, California, at the Monterey Conference Center, April 8-11, 2007. The conference hotel is the Portola Plaza Hotel (more information can be found here).

Special Announcements
PNFA Special Issue for PECS-VII
We will publish a PECS-VII special issue in the journal Photonics and Nanostructures—fundamentals and applications. Submission to this issue is open to all PECS-VII participants and will be refereed. Please submit your manuscript via the journal's electronic submission site, mentioning PECS VII. In order to publish the special issue this year, the deadline for submission is July 9th.

PNFA Young Scientist Award
We are pleased to announce that the journal, Photonics and Nanostructures—fundamentals and applications, will award a young scientist with a PNFA Young Scientist Award. Qualifications for the award include: awardee is under 40 years of age, has published a paper in PNFA, and has not been a previous award winner. The final selection will be determined by the number of citations received for the paper published in PNFA by the nominee. The winner will be awarded with a certificate and 1500 Euros at the PECS-VII conference dinner in Monterey, Tuesday, April 10, 2007.


PECS Objectives
Photonic and electromagnetic crystals offer unprecedented control of photons and have emerged as an important new class of optical materials. Continued developments in the analysis and calculation of photonic crystals, as well as rapid advances in nano-fabrication techniques, have enabled us to design and prototype ever more intricate and functional photonic crystal structures and devices. Novel photonic nanostructure devices such as ultrasmall channel add/drop filtering devices, new type of lasers and photonic fibers are developing rapidly. Construction of fully three dimensional photonic crystals continues to be an important aim for the development of photonic chips.


Over the past several years, even more exciting opportunities have arisen from the study of periodic structures. Metamaterials have offered a wealth of new phenomena, including negative refractive index, superlensing and cloaking. Slowing or even stopping light inside of photonic crystals is also being investigated.


Materials for fabricating photonic crystals are also expanding into all classes: organic, metallic, ceramic, magnetic, and dielectric. Combination of desirable properties and phenomena, such as nonlinearity and luminescence, from a wide variety of materials promises to bring about new and exciting applications. In PECS-VII, we hope to review the significant advances in the field and discuss future directions of photonic crystal research.


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Updated: January 9, 2007